ERIC Number: ED399992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Technology in Community Colleges. ERIC Digest.
Despite the costs of implementing technology at community colleges, the benefits gained include increased instructor creativity, increased student interest and learning, and greater flexibility of instructional delivery. Instructional technology may be implemented in two ways: first, the use of technology as a simple add-on to enhance current instructional methods by integrating text material with sound, photos, full-motion video, and graphics; and second, the use of technology to transform both the teaching and learning function by providing students with access to multimedia computers stations equipped allowing them to work on course content at their own pace. Due to the high costs of system maintenance and training and the potential redefinition of the role of faculty in the educational process, colleges should try to find the right balance of technology-based and faculty-based instruction. Although new technology may provide access to more individuals to instruction or communication, it may also create more disadvantages for those students in economically depressed areas and those who have never been exposed to computer technology prior to entering college. Innovative solutions to the issues presented by the adoption of new technologies include the creation of committees to oversee technology spending and instituting a student technology fee to cover costs associated with continual upgrading. (TGI)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Colleges, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Technology, Instructional Innovation, Instructional Student Costs, Multimedia Instruction, Teacher Role, Technological Advancement, Two Year Colleges
ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, University of California at Los Angeles, 3051 Moore Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.